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Cristiano Ronaldo: Fernandinho reveals how close Manchester City came to acting

Cristiano Ronaldo: Fernandinho reveals how close Manchester City came to acting

Fernandinho has revealed that Manchester City had talks with Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent Mino Raiola about a possible transfer this summer.

Ronaldo was at one point widely tipped to join Pep Guardiola’s side after making his wish to leave Juventus clear.

He was subsequently persuaded to sign again for Manchester United 12 years after leaving Old Trafford.

However, the Manchester City club captain has revealed how close his side was to securing Ronaldo’s signing.

“I think there was a good, significant chance,” Fernandinho said ESPN. “I think his agent was here at the club and renewed Ederson’s Ruben Dias’ contracts when he saw the situation for Bernardo Silva, Joao Cancelo.

“Of course, if you’re there at the table, you can talk about anything and everyone.

Ronaldo scored twice as he returned to Old Trafford against Newcastle United on Saturday after his double with a goal as Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s team slipped to a shock defeat to Young Boys in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

Manchester City missed out on both Ronaldo and Harry Kane over the course of a summer in which the Emirati-owned Premier League champions did not add their significant opportunities significantly, even though Jack Grealish was signed from Aston Villa.

Sergio Aguero left the club at the time of signing the contract and is now a Barcelona player.

The two Manchester clubs may be suggested to be the two leading favorites to challenge for the Premier League title.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored as Manchester United were beaten by Young Boys

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And after a summer of investment at Old Trafford that saw Ronaldo return and the arrival of Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane, Fernandinho believes the two teams are relatively similar.

“If you want to compare name with name, I think it’s very level. Both teams have a very good squad, ”said the Brazilian midfielder, although he explained that he would still give City a small advantage due to the continuity of a successful squad.

“I think because of the standard of play the way we have played for five or six years with Pep [Guardiola], we have a defined standard of play, we know exactly how each player behaves or should behave on the pitch, we know about the quality of each player and how he can play the best role in the matches.

“Having had the same players since 2017, it is no wonder that the club managed to win three titles in the last five. But without a doubt, due to the history, the weight of the shirt, the quality of the players in a short time, United can reach the level we are at today. ”

Manchester City begin their Champions League campaign against RB Leipzig.

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